Volunteer Program

Naperville Area Humane Society's volunteer program is open to anyone 10 years or older with a willingness to work on behalf of cats and dogs. Kids 10 to 15 years old are welcome to volunteer as long as they have an adult sponsor (someone over 18 years of age) to volunteer with them.

We ask that you commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month for one year. The animals depend on you!

To help underwrite the volunteer program and materials, there is a $25 program fee for the first year and a $10 renewal fee every year thereafter. When you are accepted into the program you will be asked to turn in your volunteer application along with the $25 volunteer program fee.

Once a volunteer is accepted into the program, we will provide a formal volunteer application.  When we have received your application along with the fee, we will pull together your training materials, name tag and volunteer t-shirt. You will then be asked to complete a General Policy Evaluation and pick the volunteer positions you are interested in. 

Naperville Area Humane Society has a large variety of volunteer opportunities available. With so many choices, it should be easy to find the perfect one for you!

Currently we are looking for help in these areas only:

Foster Homes: Open your home to dogs, cats, pregnant pets, puppies or kittens that are not yet ready for adoption. You will need to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture through NAHS.

Pet Therapy: Visit area senior centers with your own dog or a NAHS shelter dog. Your dog just needs to be well behaved and current on vaccinations.

Fundraising Committee: Help plan and execute NAHS sponsored fundraising events.

Humane Education: Teach youngsters about the responsibility of caring for animals and the love they get in return by helping with the NAHS’ summer camp, after school program, shelter tours and classroom presentations. Assistance is also need with marketing programs and developing school contacts.

Paws for Tales: Visit a local school with your CGC or Delta certified dog giving children a chance to read a book to non-judgmental, supportive listener (your dog)!

Birthday Party Coordinators: Help kids celebrate their birthday here at NAHS. Run the event the day of, and help them make memories to last a lifetime!

Eagle Scout Projects: We are accepting proposals from Eagle Scouts, and have a list of projects that we need completed at the shelter.


How to Get Started

We have changed our start-up/orientation process for new volunteers.  We will now be accepting new volunteers based on what shifts are available.  We will no longer be holding large volunteer orientations.  *IF one of our open postions/shifts works in your schedule then the first step is to complete our new online volunteer application. 

Please Click here to begin. 


The process is as follows:

1) Submit your interest via the link above/on our website. Then the volunteer program manager will review the information and contact you via email.

2) After you have been accepted into the program (based on current openings we have), a full volunteer application and handbook will be emailed to you.  

3) We will get you started and into training after we receive your completed application and $25 fee. 

4) We ask that you schedule all your volunteer hours ahead of time.  Most volunteer positions do require a set weekly schedule.



If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Cios, Volunteer Program Manager, at (630) 420-8989 x113 or via email.